Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29312
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the locked down Vega Baja. At the risk of incurring a large fine I’m not allowed out of my house for any reason apart from essential journeys. These include trips to food stores, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, tobacco shops and, bizarrely, hairdressers and dry cleaners. Apparently, if you’re going suffer from coronavirus in Spain it’s important to have a smart hairdo and a clean suit. Actually there’s not much point in going out as all bars and restaurants are closed. I think I’m going to be doing a lot of crosswords.
On to the puzzle. I’m not sure but I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a Monday puzzle before so it’s been a bit of a new experience for me. It wasn’t too difficult but a couple of tricky bits to keep us on our toes. A few anagrams and a few gimmes to give a good start so I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Issue returned by boy at the last moment (4,2,4)
JUST IN TIME: A word meaning to issue is reversed (returned) and placed after (by) a boy’s name and then the lot is split (4,2,4). For some reason it took a while for the penny to drop on this one.
6a Somewhat obscene material turning stomachs over (4)
SMUT: Take a childish word for stomach, don’t forget it’s plural, and reverse it (turning . . . over).
10a Monk astride large pack animal (5)
LLAMA: A Tibetan monk around L(arge).
11a Laird, perhaps, in an unhappy mood by end of tribunal (9)
LANDOWNER: The end of tribunal is the L so after this you need the AN from the clue and an unhappy mood or something that makes you unhappy.
13a Bad lot, I suspect, in newspaper (7)
TABLOID: Anagram (suspect) of BAD LOT I.
14a What a crane may get, and what one may get from a crane? (5-3,4)
BIRDS EYE VIEW: Of course a crane or other avian would get this and so would you if you were lifted high by a crane.
18a Book full of promise about Cochran’s style of music? (8,4)
BRIGHTON ROCK: Take a word meaning full of promise, two letters for about and Eddie Cochran’s style of music and split (8,4) to get a famous book by Graham Greene. Here’s a bit of the great Eddie . . .
21a Boyfriend, initially visiting model prison, brings pot (4-3)
TOBY JUG: B (Boyfriend initially) inserted into (visiting) a phrase (3,3) which could mean a model prison.
23a Feeling demonstrated by symbol Charlie left out (7)
EMOTION: Take a symbol widely used on computers and remove (left out) the letter represented by the word Charlie in the phonetic alphabet.
24a Revolutionary tsar China crushed (9)
ANARCHIST: Anagram (crushed) of TSAR CHINA. This is one of those tricky ones where the anagram fodder is obvious but which of the other words is the indicator and which the definition?
26a Changed course, reportedly, showing diplomacy (4)
TACT: This word for diplomacy sounds like (reportedly) a word for changing course in a sailing boat.
27a Old TV show for children produced by drama group (4,6)
PLAY SCHOOL: A word for a drama followed by a group or sect.
1d Left work in American sucker’s tin lizzie (6)
JALOPY: L(eft) and the usual two letter work inserted into an American slang term for a sucker or gullible person. I’d never come across this word for a sucker before.
2d Smart, agent snatching short sleep (6)
SNAPPY: Take the usual secret agent and insert (snatching) a word for a short sleep.
3d Maiden secured by one fairly good ball — never mind the others! (2,3,5,4)
IM ALL RIGHT JACK: Start with I (one), then a phrase (3,5) meaning fairly good and finally the small ball used in a game of bowls. Insert (secured by) an M (maiden over in cricket notation) and split the lot (2,3,5,4) to get a phrase meaning you’re OK and not bothered about anyone else. It’s also a film starring Peter Sellers.
4d Listener participation show at RKO — dial free (4,5)
TALK RADIO: Anagram (free) of AT RKO DIAL.
5d Mount enthralling solitary landscape painter (5)
MONET: The abbreviation of mount has a word for solitary or single inserted (enthralling).
7d Guy, old, playing popular instrument (8)
MANDOLIN: A word for a guy or chap followed by an anagram (playing) of OLD and finally the usual two letters for popular or fashionable.
8d Go lower and lower (4,4)
TURN DOWN: A word for your go, in a board game perhaps, followed by a word describing something that’s lower.
9d Puzzle about circles circulated after party (6,8)
DOUBLE ACROSTIC: After the usual two letter party you need an anagram (circulated) of ABOUT CIRCLES.
15d Seriously ahead of time parked outside home (9)
EARNESTLY: A word meaning ahead of time is placed around (parked outside) a bird’s home.
16d Remove a bishop’s booklet (8)
ABSTRACT: The A from the clue, the letter for a Bishop in chess notation, the ‘S from the clue and finally a booklet or piece of writing.
17d Passing across note, Calvin ordered something to drink in a Parisian bar (3,5)
VIN BLANC: Take the two letters meaning note well in Latin and around them (passing across) put an anagram (ordered) of CALVIN.
19d Domineering female artist in Spanish port (6)
VIRAGO: The usual artist inserted into (in) a port in northwestern Spain.
20d Characters immersed in scandal lied, as well as the rest (3,3)
AND ALL: A lurker hiding in (characters immersed in) the next two words of the clue.
22d Cook taking breather round middle of afternoon (5)
GRILL: A method of cooking is a fish’s breather placed around the middle letter of afteRnoon.
No stand-out favourite for me but 3d is worth a mention as are 22d and 6a.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: SETT + FOURTH = SET FORTH
Bottom line: FORCED + AWLS = FORESTALLS